Not a media source, nor an anonymous tip. When the man himself says it, that's about official as it gets. And that is exactly the way it went down this AM with the headlines across America now reading "Tom Brady Leaves Patriots" after the former Patriots QB posted the following on social media.
Tom Brady Leaves Patriots
He did it with style, thanking all those who helped him make his journey there the incredible story it was. You expected something else? Be prepared to live with disappointment as Brady wasn't finished there, he went on to put the spotlights on the fans who made the journey with him.
So there you go. Both the Chargers and Buccaneers have reportedly made strong offers with the Bucs supposedly hitting the $30M (or more) mark according to Ian Rapoport. Regardless of where he ends up, that team will have at least one year of solid QB play to enjoy.
It is going to look weird seeing Brady in anything other than the colors he bled for so many years. Good luck amigo. Give father time hell.